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Doctor insights on: How To Test For An Obstruction In The Colon

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Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Colonoscopy: Every person (even asymptomatic) after age of 50 should undergo screening colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer screening should be done earlier. Awake? Why? I won't recommend to do it being awake might not be a pleasant experience. ...Read more

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How do they test for colon cancer? Not screening but diagnosing.

How do they test for colon cancer? Not screening but diagnosing.

Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy evaluates the whole colon directly and if a mass or lesion is identified, it can be removed or biopsied. If you could only have one test, that would probably be the one to choose. ...Read more

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Will a colon biopsy confirm a positive test for ulcerative colitis?

Will a colon biopsy confirm a positive test for ulcerative colitis?

Yes: A colonoscopy biopsy would be the most accurate means of testing for ulcerative colitis, more accurate than any other test. Can see: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ulcerative-colitis/ds00598/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

No good test: There is no good blood test for either constipation or colon cancer. In late colon cancer CEA levels are usually elevated, but there are other causes of elevated cea. ...Read more

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What is the new screening test for colon cancer that uses the camera you swallow?

What is the new screening test for colon cancer that uses the camera you swallow?

Not so: The camera pill is not for colon cancer screening. It is used to evalaute the small intestine, not the colon. ...Read more

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Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Yes: If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. ...Read more

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How do you screen for colon cancer?

How do you screen for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for colorectal ca screening. Flexible sigmoidoscopy plus a barium enema are a less expensive alternative. Recently, special cat scans have been used as a less invasive screening alternative, however, if an abnormality is seen, colonoscopy is then necessary. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal pelvic cat scan screen for colon cancer or see a mass in the rectum?

Can an abdominal pelvic cat scan screen for colon cancer or see a mass in the rectum?

Sometimes: Sometimes a cat scan will be able to see a mass in the colon or rectum but it is not a good test for screening for colorectal cancer. There is a specialized type of ct scan that creates a virtual image of the inside of the colon that is sometimes used when a patient is not a good candidate for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I had a bowel colposcopy came back I have IBS seen my colon on screen all clear inside, 2weeks later vomiting poop im told I am backed up impacted poo?

No: That us not a side effect of colonoscopy. That sounds like something more serious. You should get to an emergency right now and have them take a ct san of your abdomen. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors can perform colonic cell analysis screen?

What kind of doctors can perform colonic cell analysis screen?

Trained pathologists: Can examine cells microscopically with various stains. Examination of biopsies, if indicated, is much more reliable. So called "colonic cell analysis" by fringe, non-physian practioners, is quackery. They often try to disparage legitimate physicians and quote wonderful results achieved by their patients. Any true success would be coincidence & in spite of any treatment undertaken. Beware! ...Read more

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Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain

Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain

Probably: Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated?
Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more

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What can be done about a colon obstruction?

What can be done about a colon obstruction?

Surgery ussually: Colon obstruction can be caused by benign conditions (diverticulitis, volvulus or twisting, constipation, inflamatory bowel didease) or cancer. Sometimes medications or minor procedures can help (atleast temporarily), surgery is usually required for majority of causes, especially when cancer is associated. ...Read more

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Can scope or stents be used on obstructions in the ascending colon?

Can scope or stents be used on obstructions in the ascending colon?

Yes: But more difficult to place then descending, sigmoid, or rectum. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Occlusion (Definition)

This refers to how the teeth come together. There are 3 classifications: normal or class i, an excessive overbite or class ii, and an ...Read more